The Adler Fellows for 2010 will be announced next week, but it is good fun trying to figure out which of the Merolini are coming back to San Francisco next season. It is quite likely that we won't see any of the Merola apprentice coaches as Adlers, given that both Dennis Doubin and Allen Perriello are in their first year here. As for singers, the probable outgoing Adlers are two sopranos (Heidi Melton, Tamara Wapinsky), two mezzos (Daveda Karanas, Daniela Mack), two tenors (Andrew Bidlack, Alek Shrader), and the sole bass Kenneth Kellogg. My guesses are:
One would love to see countertenor Ryan Belongie and baritone Michael Sumuel as Adlers, but looking at what is coming up and who is leaving, I would be surprised if they were chosen. Suzanne Hendrix would also be great as an Adler, but she's a contralto, though this might work for next year's Die Walküre. In any case, they will need a bass, probably Ben LeClair, as Yohan Yi is a Domingo-Thornton Young Artist at LA Opera and Evan Boyer is a member of the upcoming season of Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Center. Baritone Paul Scholten will be in this latter program as well. Mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani and tenor Alex Mansoori might also be out since they are in the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program.